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OBSCURED BY CLOUDS

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.36 | 1044 ratings

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Queen By-Tor
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Honorary Collaborator
4 stars A sountrack for the ages. (The album cover? Yeah; it's a guy in a tree, of course.)

Although the Floyd would have many better moments, this one is a moment far too often overlooked. Another deteriorating factor for the album is that is very overshadowed by previous release "Meddle" and next release, the masterpiece "Dark Side of the Moon". This album may not have any 20-minute masterpieces, hit singles, accompanying movies [Edit: any Pink Floyd written movies, this is a movie soundtrack after all] or the like, but this is still a great album. Home to 4 instumentals, and a nice ongoing theme this album still maintains the very prog-Floyd feeling. Some songs are better than others, but in the end this is an album that deserves a place with the other Pink Floyd masterpieces.

Songs on this album begin to take total structures, and this album starts to feel that total Dark Side theme. Songs such as the jaunty sounding FREE FOUR, for example, take on the themes of death as does the later Dark Side of the Moon, while inrumentals such as the title track or MUDMEN can be used as intro-outros as do many of the tracks on Dark Side. At some points of the album you really can tell the Floyd were moving in a new direction, and it's a good thing that they had a soundtrack to experiment with this on before the full blown album.

Dark Side comparisons aside, this album aslo has it's own sound that is unique to the Pink Floyd collection, with 10 tracks floyd gets to experiment on the song based side of things. Songs such as the increadible BURNING BRIDGES proove that the Floyd can hold their own in a song based world, as does the forgotten masterpiece STAY. and though some tracks are a bit slower, WOT'S UH... THE DEAL for example, the album never loses the audience, and include some more hard hitting Floyd such as THE GOLD IT'S IN THE... or the previously meantioned FREE FOUR. Holding it's own sound, this album definately sounds great from any angle.

For being experimental and finding thier sound with this overlooked masterpiece I award the Floyd 4.5 stars. Recommended for all.

Queen By-Tor | 4/5 |

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